Clove Hitch

In this post I show how to tie the clove hitch with words, images and on video. We use the clove hitch for example to attach a fender to the railing.

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Follow these steps for tying the clove hitch: I tie a figure-eight knot in one end of my line that shall constitute the fender. This traversed line shall be a railing. I lay the line over the railing that way the fender hangs outside the boat. I now grab the loose part of the line with my right hand and push it forwards through underneath the railing.


Now I grab the end of the line with my left hand from above and take it to my side of the railing by crossing the line that is hanging down.


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By doing this I leave a loop on the railing that I secure with the left hand.


Now I stick the end of the line through this loop from below with the right hand …


… and pull both parts of the line. Now the clove hitch is finished.


We can tie the clove hitch on slip too. Instead of the end of the line I push a bight underneath the crossing line. We can open the knot faster by tying it this way. But we have to anticipate losing the fender.

Practice the clove hitch till you are able to tie it with closed eyes.

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